Carol Bova PhD, RN, ANP
Carol Bova PhD, RN, ANP 

Associate Professor of
Nursing and Medicine 
(508) 856-1848

Carol Bova PhD, RN, ANP

Dr. Carol Bova holds joint appointments in both nursing and medicine as an associate professor. She is an adult nurse practitioner with more than twenty years of experience caring for adults with HIV infection


2001 Postdoctoral Fellowship Yale University
1998 PhD, Boston College
1988 MS, University of Massachusetts, Worcester
1979 BS, Salem State College

Research Interests

  • Emerging primary care needs of HIV-infected adults
  • Primary care needs of women with HIV infection
  • The interaction of substance abuse, mental illness and adherence behaviors
  • HCV treatment among HIV infected adults
  • HIV prevention and education in developing countries
  • Patient-provider trust.
  • Multi-method inquiry
  • Instrumentation and analysis strategies with vulnerable populations.

Selected Publications

Bova, C., Jaffarian, C., Himlan, P., Mangini, L. & Ogawa, L. (2008). The symptom experience of HIV/HCV co-infected adults. JANAC, 19(2), 1-11.

Bova, C., Burwick, T. N., & Quinones, M. (2008). Improving Women’s Adjustment to HIV Infection: Results of the Positive Life Skills Workshop Project. JANAC, 19, 58-65.

Bova, C. & Jaffarian, C. (2007). Working Globally: Lessons learned from conducting an HIV education and prevention project in Armenia. Worcester Medicine, 71 (3), 8.

Sullivan-Bolyai, S., Bova, C., Deatrick, J. A., Knafl, K., Grey, M., Leung, K & Trudeau, A. (2007). Barriers and strategies for recruiting study participants in clinical settings. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 29, 486-500.

Fennie, K. P., Bova, C. & Williams, A. B.  (2006).  Censoring EMD data: Implications for study outcomes. JAIDS, 43(supp 1), S88-S95.

Bova, C. Women with HIV Infection: An Overview of Today’s Clinical Issues. (2006). ADVANCE for Nurse Practitioners, 14(10), 63-64, 66, 90.

Bova, C., Fennie, K. P., Watrous, E., Dieckhaus, K., & Williams, A. B. (2006).  The Health Care Relationship (HCR) Trust Scale: Development and Psychometric Evaluation.  Research in Nursing & Health, 29, 477-488.

Williams, A.B., Fennie, K.P., Bova, C.A., Burgess, J.D., Danvers, K.A., Dieckhaus, K.D. (2006). Home visits to improve adherence to HAART: A randomized control trial. JAIDS, 42(3), 314-321

Jin, H., Bova, C., Fennie, K., Rogers, A., & Williams, A. (2005). Knowledge, attitudes, behaviors and perceptions of risks related to HIV/AIDS among Chinese university students in Hunan, China.  AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 19(11), 769-777

SUllivan-Bolyai, S., Bova, C. & Harper, D. (2005). Developing and refining interventions in persons with health disparities:The use of qualitative description. Nursing Outlook, 53(3), 127-133.

Bova, C., Fennie, K., Knafl, G., Dieckhaus, K., Watrous, E. & Williams, A. (2005). Use of electronic monitoring devices to measure antiretroviral adherence: Practical considerations. AIDS and Behavior, 9(1), 103-110.
Fennie, K., Knafl, G., Bova, C., Dieckhaus, K. & Williams, A. B. (2004). A novel method for visualizing individual electronic monitoring adherence data. Statistics in Medicine, 23, 783-801

Bova, C. & Durante, A. Sexual functioning among HIV-infected women (2003). Journal of STDs and AIDS Patient Care. 17(2), 75-83.

Durante, A. J., Bova, C., Fennie, K. P., Danvers, K. A., Holness, D. R., Burgess, J. D. & Williams, A. (2003). Home-based study of anti-HIV drug regimen adherence among HIV-infected women: Feasibility and preliminary results.AIDSCare. 15(1), 103-115.

Bova, C. (2001). Adjustment to chronic illness among HIV-infected women. Journal of Nursing Scholarship. 33(3), 217-223.

Bova, C. (2000). Women with HIV infection: The three waves of scientific inquiry. JANAC, 11(5), 19-28.

Sharkey, M E., Teo, I, Greenough, T., Sharova, N., Luzuriaga, K., Sullivan, JL., Bucy, P., Kostrikis, LG., Haase, A., Veryard, C.,Davaro, RE., Cheeseman, SH., Daly, JS., Bova, C., et. al (2000). Persistance of episomal HIV-1 infection intermediates in patients on highly active anti-retroviral therapy.Nature Medicine , 6(1), 76-81.

Roberts S, Tabloski P & Bova C (1997). Epigenesis of the nurse practitioner, revisited. Journal of Nursing Education. 

Norris, A., Ford, K. & Bova, C. (1996). Psychometrics of a brief acculturation scale for Hispanics in a probability sample of urban Hispanic youth (aged 14-24). Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 18(1).


Commonwealth Medicine, Department of Corrections Hepatitis C Data Base Project, September 2004 - December, 2005.

World AIDS Foundation, Armenian HIV/AIDS Education and Prevention Project, September 2003-December 2004.

NIH/NINR, R15 NR08341, HIV-Infected Patients' Experiences with HCV Treatment, January 1, 2003 to December 31, 2004.

Program for the Study of Health Care Relationships and the Donaghue Foundation, Development of an Instrument to Measure Patient Trust in Health Care Providers, October 15, 2001 to October 15, 2002.

National Institute of Health (NINR) F32 NR07500, National Research Service Award, Individual Post-doctoral Fellowship, November 1999 to November 2001.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the HIV Consortium of Central Massachusetts, Positive Life Skills Group for women living with HIV infection, February 1998 to June 2003.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Agency Type 2 Minigrant Award, Training grant aimed at educating women living with HIV infection, their family members, support persons, and community providers in one integrated venue, October 1999 to June 2000.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Agency Type 1 Minigrant Award, Training grant aimed at integrating mental health care and primary care for persons with HIV, substance abuse and serious mentalillness, April 1998 to July 1999.

National Institute of Health (NINR), F31 NR07084, National Research Service Award, Predoctoral Fellowship, April 1996 to August 1998.